Mityana councillors halt Shs27m youth project

Friday December 7 2018

Some of the Youth Livelihood Projects funded

Some of the Youth Livelihood Projects funded by goverment through the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development. PHOTO BY TOBBIAS JOLLY OWINY 

By BARBARA NALWEYISO

Mityana District Council has halted the release of Shs27 million meant to facilitate youth activities in the area, citing irregularities in the registration exercise.
The money was released by the Office of the Prime Minister under the Luweero-Rwenzori youth project but district leaders said the genuine beneficiaries were side-lined and unknown names included on the list.
In a meeting on Monday, 11 of the 16 councillors voted in favour of the motion halting the approval of the funds.

Queries
Ms Sarah Marjorie Ssentamu, the mover of the motion, said they are not against the project but demand transparency in execution of government programmes. The councillors accused the District Woman MP, Ms Judith Nabakooba, of fronting her own association, Kuteesa Alinyikira Development Association, to benefit from the funding.
However, Ms Nabakooba denied owning any youth group and accused councillors of being insensitive to the needs of the youth who stand to lose. “It is a pity that our leaders have turned around to resist the progress of the youth projects yet the people trusted them to execute the services,” she said.
The Chief Administrative Officer, Mr James Nkata, said delayed approval means the money will be returned to the national treasury.

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